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In 1951, Fender released the innovative and musically influential Precision Bass as a similar looking stable-mate to the Telecaster.This body style was later released as the Fender Telecaster Bass in 1968 after the Precision Bass had been changed in 1957 to make it more closely resemble the Fender Stratocaster guitar.The bodies were bandsawn and routed from slabs, rather than hand-carved individually, as with other guitars made at the time, such as Gibsons.Fender did not use the traditional glued-in neck, but rather a "bolt-on" neck (which is actually affixed using screws, not bolts).In particular, the Esquire necks had no truss rod and many were replaced due to bent necks.Later in 1950, this single-pickup model was discontinued, and a two-pickup model was renamed the Broadcaster.(Rickenbacker, then spelled "Rickenbacher", also offered a solid Bakelite-bodied electric Spanish guitar in 1935 that seemed to presage details of Fender's design.) The initial single-pickup production model appeared in 1950, and was called the Fender Esquire.
Produced in early to mid-1951, it was the result of legal action from the Gretsch company over the guitar's previous name, the Broadcaster (Gretsch already had the "Broadkaster" name registered for a line of drums).
There are no official production numbers, but experts estimate that fewer than 500 Nocasters were produced.
Fender has since registered Nocaster as a trademark to denote its modern replicas of this famous rarity.
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